A couple of years ago I would never have dared to post pictures on my Islay Gallery website or Islay Info website taken with a smartphone. The quality of the cameras inside the smartphones back then was rather poor. Nowadays cameras inside smartphones are of a much better quality and this results in more and more smartphones replacing the small point and shoot cameras.
Today was an exceptional day on Islay, it was incredibly clear with lots of sunshine and very pleasant temperatures. A lovely spring day and the winter storms and gales have already been long forgotten, such is life I guess. Due to the clear conditions I took the 400mm tele lens out and shot some distant Islay views, both from the Sanaigmore Road and across the loch, that is from Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte looking over Loch Indaal towards the central part of Islay. With some more clouds in the afternoon the patches of dark and light were nicely spread over the hills and rocks which resulted in a nice atmosphere. The gallery below has pictures all shot at 400mm and all of them are taken today. If you look closely you can identify three Islay Distilleries – Kilchoman – Bowmore and Gartbreck.
Tuesday the 17th of March saw the strongest magnetic storm in 11 years and the resulting Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, were visible from many parts in the UK, even as far south as Wales. On Islay we had a beautiful light display with pulsating and rolling beams of light overhead and on the Northern and western horizon. It was a nature spectacle never to be forgotten.